E3 2014 – Sony Media Briefing Highlights

Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, PS3, PS4

To watch all the trailers and gameplay footage for the titles announced during the Sony Briefing, check out the YouTube playlist we have cultivated.
 

 
Sony started their Media Briefing with a trailer for Destiny before Andrew House, Sony President and Group CEO, took the stage to remind the audience why PlayStation believes they are the best pace to play – “connected, highest visual quality, choice and being a member of a community of rivals and friends.” The Destiny beta will be available July 17, 2014, first on PlayStation. PS4 owners will have the opportunity to access the alpha starting Thursday, June 12th by visiting GreatnessAwaits.com/Destiny to register.
 

 
Sony is releasing a glacier white PS4 Destiny bundle which will include: a 500GB PS4 console, white dual-shock controller, a copy of Destiny and a 30-day voucher for PS Plus. The bundle will be available for purchase upon the game’s release September 4, 2014.
 

Graphic credit: Sony PlayStation

Graphic credit: Sony PlayStation


 
The Order 1886
 

 
Entwined developed by a small group of recent graduates. Entwined focuses on two souls in love that cannot be together. Maximizing use of the dual-shock controller as players attempt to control two characters at a time. As the souls fly across the gamespace, trails of color create works of art as players work to bring the characters together to form a beautiful dragon. Scott Rohde, Sr. VP of Worldwide Studios, announced Entwined is available now in the PS Store for PS4 ($9.99) with PS3 and PS Vita versions to follow.
 

 
inFAMOUS: Second Son will have a stand-alone DLC, inFAMOUS: First Light. Players do not need to own a copy of inFAMOUS: Second Son to play the DLC; however, those who do own the game will receive exclusive content. The DLC will be released in August 2014.
 

 
Little Big Planet 3 on PS4 has enhanced graphics which add new textures. The new version includes new sets of power-ups, as well as new friends – OddSock, Toggle and Swoop. Each of the friends has their own unique abilities: OddSock can wall-jump; Toggle can alter its size to become large or small; and Swoop can fly, allowing for more fun and ease of gameplay in difficult multiplayer games. Shuhei Yoshida, President of Worldwide Studios, announced players will be able to access all of the expansive community-created Little Big Planet content on PS4 with enhanced graphics.
 

 
Bloodborne in development for 2015 release.
 

 
Alexander Hutchinson, Creative Director at Ubisoft, introduced  a gameplay demo of Far Cry 4. Adam Boyes, Sony VP of Publisher & Developer Relations, added PS3 and PS4 owners will be able to invite their friends to play, even if they don’t own Far Cry 4 through the PS Store when it is released in November 2014.
 

 
Given the popularity of zombies, players can expect more undead action with the release of Dead Island 2. there will be a 30-day exclusive beta and a full character class on PS4.
 

 
Offering more zombie action,  Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition, set to launch August 19, 2014, will have a specifically themed dungeon and their own attacks.
 
Graphic credit: Sony PlayStation

Graphic credit: Sony PlayStation


 
The beta for Battlefield: Hardline is open now, exclusively on PS4.
 
In a partnership with Disney, a collector’s edition of Disney Infinity 2, exclusive to PS3 & PS4 will include Hulk as well as five other Avengers. Disney Infinity 2 is also coming to PlayStation TV and PS Vita.
 
Graphic credit: Sony PlayStation

Graphic credit: Sony PlayStation


 
Destiny will have plenty of PS4 exclusive in-game content, including: unique weapons, armor sets, ships, Exodus exclusive competitive multi-player map, an exclusive strike on Mars and more.
 
Sony is partnering with Paradox Interactive to develop exclusive PlayStation games. The first title to be released will be Magicka 2.
 

 
Returning after 15 years, Double Fine with the Sony third party development team is working to re-master Grim Fandango, exclusively for PS4 and PS Vita.
 

 
In support of indie games, Devolver Digital are developing a series of games for exclusive release on PlayStation platforms, including: Broforce, Titan Souls, Not a Hero, Hotline Miami and The Talos Principle.
 

 
Let it Die is coming exclusively to PS4 for release in 2015.
 

 
From the minds behind Journey, Giant Squid premieres their new title, ABZÛ, which will make it’s debut on PS4.
 

 
Also making its console debut on PS4, No Man’s Sky. Sean Murray, Founder of the indie studio Hello Games behind No Man’s Sky gives a closer look at the game which will start every player on a different planet to ensure a truly unique gameplay experience.
 

 
Andrew House returned to the stage to share how PlayStation is maximizing the camera, specifically with Project Morpheus.
 
Shawn Layden, President & CEO of Sony America, presents the latest tools for the PlayStation Network which enables sharing features, such as Share Factory and the photo mode in inFAMOUS: Second Sun. YouTube will also be coming to PSN and will include integration with the dual-shock share button. Sony is also working to enhance spectator interactivity, allowing observers to interact with the player during real-time play. Sony is also committing to Free-to-Play gaming with more than 25 truly Free to Play games coming to the network in the next 12 months, including: Planetside 2, Gunza, My Singing Monsters and War Thunder.
 
PlayStation Now service will be available in the US and Canada as an open beta on PS4 starting July 31, 2014. PS Now service to PS3 and PS Vita will follow. PS Now will also be available on Sony smart televisions in the future so a console is not necessary. During the beta, players have access to the vast catalog which will start with PS3 titles. The open beta is being used to obtain feedback on the service as well as test rental durations and pricing. PS Now will also be available for PS Vita to expand upon the catalog for the mobile platform.
 
Minecraft is coming to PS Vita, including co-op gameplay. Layden re-iterated Sony’s commitment to the PS Vita device.
 
PlayStation TV is coming to the US, Canada and Europe this fall. The small box will allow for remote play through PS4, provide access to streaming services and PS Now, as well as the ability to play PS Vita as well as PS One and PSP titles, bringing access to more than 1,000 games at launch when it will be released for $99. $139 bundle to include a dual-shock 3 controller, 8GB memory card, HDMI cable and a voucher for The Lego Movie game.
 

 
Mortal Kombat X is being developed for PS4.
 

 
Sony is developing original programming, the first of which is Powers, based on the comic. Brian Michael Bendis joins the powers show as Co-creator and Executive Producer. The series has already been greenlit for 2 seasons, casting is underway and the series will be available for viewing in the US in December 2014. Every PSN user will get access to the first episode for free. PlayStaion Plus will include original programming. An example is the entire Powers series will be free to PlayStation Plus subscribers.
 

 
Sony is also developing theatrical releases for PlayStation fans, as well as wider audiences. We get a look at Ratchet & Clank the Movie which will release in theaters in 2015. In addition, they are working on re-mastering Ratchet & Clank for PS4.
 

 
House shares a trailer for The Last of Us Remastered for PS4, scheduled for release July 29, 2014.
 

 
Konami and Kojima Productions present a trailer for Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain.
 

 
Grand Theft Auto V is coming to PS4 Fall 2014, featuring enhancements for the next-gen console. The biggest news is current PS3 & Xbox 360 player communities will be able to transfer their GTA characters and progress to PS4.
 

 
Rocksteady and Warner Bros. present Batman: Arkham Knight.
 

 
Naughty Dog teases the return of Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End, slated for release in 2015.
 

 

E3 2014 – Ubisoft Media Briefing

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To watch all the trailers and gameplay footage for the titles announced during the Ubisoft Media Briefing, check out the YouTube playlist we have cultivated.
 

 

To start the conference, we get a look at Far Cry 4. Dan Hay, Executive Producer, introduces the newest chapter in the franchise, set for release November 18, 2014 on PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
 

 

Aisha Tyler returns to E3 to host the Ubisoft Media Briefing for the third year.

Just Dance 2015, is the newest game to the dance genre. Just Dance 2015 includes the latest chart topping tracks featuring Pharrell, Ellie Goulding and more. The game adds more social functionality with community remixing, as well as the ability to put players in the game and allow other players to score your performance. Just Dance 2015 is set for release October 2014. Jason Altman, Executive Producer, took the stage to show how a smartphone & internet connected display can turn any smartphone into a controller and allow any player to dance no matter where or when.
 

 

Patter Mannerfelt, Producer, introduces Tom Clancy’s The Division.
 

 

The Crew presents an expansive, US coast to coast open-world driving experience. Julian Gerighty, Creative Director, joins Aisha to explain how Ubisoft has been gaining gameplay feedback and the Route 909 campaign, which put a call out to players in 7 worldwide locations to play and compete. The Route 909 finals will be available streaming on TwitchTV June 10 & 11th. Ubisoft is also opening the closed beta on July 23, 2014; visit http://www.thecrewgame.com/beta to register. The Crew will launch November 11, 2014 on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
 

 

Alex Amancio, Creative Director, presents the French Revolution in Assassin’s Creed: Unity, set to release October 28, 2014. The new title includes a 4-player shared gameplay experience.
 

 

Charles Huteau, Creative Director, announces a partnership with Xbox for Shape Up. The new title looks to bring gameplay to fitness in an attempt to make workouts fun. Players can record their performance and replay to compete against themselves or share with friends for some friendly competition.
 

 

Valiant Hearts: The Great War is a puzzle adventure game which follows four friends and their canine companion through the battlegrounds of World War I. In a unique partnership with the documentary film, Apocalypse: World War I, the game provides a true historic transmedia event with the inclusion of film footage in Valiant Hearts.
 

 

Yves Guillemont, Co-found and CEO of Ubisoft, expressed his appreciation for the fans and developers. He also took the opportunity to show off Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Seige.
 

 

E3 2014 – Microsoft Xbox Media Briefing Highlights

Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, Xbox, Xbox One

To watch all the trailers and gameplay footage for the titles announced during the Microsoft Xbox Media Briefing, check out the YouTube playlist we’ve cultivated.


Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, opened the briefing, promising to devote the briefing entirely to games. To start things off, Spencer announced a partnership between Activision and Sledgehammer Games for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, While not an exclusive title, Xbox players will have first access to add-on content. Look for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare to be released November 4, 2014.

Dan Greenawalt from Turn 10 Studios took the stage to reveal the Nürburgring track will be available in Forza 5, available for download starting today…and it’s FREE. Ralph Fulton from Playground Games took the stage to share Forza: Horizon 2 with a bigger and more diverse inventory of cars. will have dedicated servers for instantaneous connectivity and the ability for players to create their own clubs. Forza: Horizon 2 will be available September 30, 2014.

2K Games and Turtle Rock Games announced Evolve with Xbox exclusive Beta access and DLC. Players will have the opportunity to select from four of classes, including: Assault, Trapper, Medic, Support; or, choose to play as the monster.

Vincent Pontbriand, Senior Producer at Ubisoft introduced Assassin’s Creed: Unity. The newest title in the franchise will be set in 18th century Paris, France during the French Revolution. Assassin’s Creed: Unity will allow players to join up to 3 friends to create their own brotherhood.

Electronic Arts (EA) & BioWare announce premiere content available first on Xbox One for Dragon Age: Inquisition which is set for release October 7, 2014.

Ted Price of Insomniac Games shows off Sunset Overdrive, an open-world survival game with off the wall action and comic sensibilities. In addition to the single player campaign, chaos squad mode allows 8-player co-op on dedicated servers. October 28, 2014 exclusively on Xbox One.

Capcom announces Super Ultra Dead Rising 3 Arcade Remix Hyper EX plus αPlayers will be able to cosplay as their favorite Capcom characters with super moves, power-ups, bonus stages and a co-op mode to allow up to 4-players. Available now on Xbox Live.

Alex Rigopulos, Founder & CEO at Harmonix gave us a look at Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved for Xbox One and Xbox 360. Available October 21, 2014. Gamers play as the sorcerer’s apprentice and remix music as the core game mechanic, combining music and magic.

Also coming as a Xbox One exclusive this fall is Dance Central: Spotlight which will be available as a download only title in September 2014.

David Eckelberry, Game Director at Lionhead Studios introduces the next title in the Fable franchise, Fable: Legends, exclusive to Xbox. Players choose to be the hero or the villain.

Project Spark is back on Xbox and PC. The tool which allows players to create their own games, as well as play games created by other players. Boasting over 1,000,000 creators, multiplayer and co-op functionality, now with tools to create galaxy landscapes.

Exclusive to Xbox One is Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios, available in Fall 2014.

Bonnie Ross, Studio Head, and Dan Ayoub, Executive Producer, of 343 Industries  appeared to introduce Halo:  The Master Chief Collection. Available November 11, 2014, the entire Halo franchise unlocked will be available exclusively on Xbox One to play Master Chief’s entire history however players want, including over 100 multiplayer maps, all running on their original engines at 1080p ,60 frames per seconds on dedicated servers. Halo 2: Anniversary Edition is coming for Xbox One, including the original Halo 2 multiplayer and 6 of the Halo 2 maps optimized for the Xbox One. Halo: Nightfall, the live-action digital series, produced in collaboration with Executive Producer, Ridley Scott will be included with Halo: The Master Chief Collection, to lead up to Halo 5: Guardians. Further, Halo: The Master Chief Collection will include beta access to Halo 5: Guardians starting December 2014.

And now a look into the future…to be released 2015 and beyond:

Playdead, the developer behind LIMBO, presents INSIDE which will debut on Xbox in 2015.

Chris Charla, Director of the ID @ Xbox program takes the stage to talk about indie titles coming to the Xbox, including: Forced from BetaDwarf Entertainment, Knight Squad from Chainsawesome Games, White Night from Osome Studio, Spectra from Gateway Interactive, CUPHEAD from StudioMDHR, Dive Kick from Iron Galaxy, Below from Capy Games, Grave from Broken Window Studios, Woolfe from Grin, Source from Fenix Fire Entertainment, FRU from Through Games, Lifeless Planet from Stage 2 Studios, and many more!

We get the world premiere trailer for Rise of the Tomb Raider, scheduled for release in the holiday 2015.

CD Project RED shows off gameplay of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, scheduled for release February 24, 2015.

Ken Lobb, Creative Director of Microsoft Studios announces their re-boot of Phantom Dust, exclusive on Xbox One.

Ryan Barnard, Game Director at Massive Games introduces gameplay from Tom Clancy’s The Division with new content available first on Xbox One. Look for The Division to be released in 2015.

Hideki Kamiya, Game Director at PlatinumGames, Inc. gives us a peek at Scalebound, to be available exclusively on the Xbox One.

David Jones, Co-Founder of CloudGine reveals Crackdown, exclusively for Xbox One with dedicated servers on Xbox Live.

E3 2014 – Electronic Arts (EA) Keynote Highlights

Category : Conventions, E-vents, E3, Featured, Game On, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox, Xbox One

To watch all the trailers and gameplay footage for the titles announced during the EA Keynote, check out the YouTube playlist we have cultivated.


DICE Studios opens the show with a look at the behind the scenes effort put into their Star Wars: Battlefront to be released Spring 2015.

Andrew Wilson, CEO of Electronic Arts (EA) to state the company’s commitment to players, games and innovation. Then, introduces a look at Dragon Age: Inquisition. Aaryn Flynn offers a deeper look at the game and the team of heroes who will become your companions in game.


BioWare offers a preliminary look at what they are working on – the next title in the Mass Effect franchise, as well as a new intellectual property (IP).

Sims 4 will allow players to control the personality and emotions of their characters, expanding the story possibilities. Players can bring characters and items created by other players into your game. Sims 4 will be available September 4, 2014.

Brian Hayes, the Creative Director at EA Sports announces EA Sports UFC where players will be able to fight as Bruce Lee, available June 17, 2014.

Dean Richards, Studio General Manager, announces EA Sports NHL 15. NHL 15 add physics to all players, as well as the puck and includes more detailed arenas.

Patrick Soderlund, EVP at EA Studios, introduces a sneak peek at the new intellectual property (IP) from Criterion Games. Criterion steps away from their well-established background in racing games to develop a new title. The development team was heavily influenced by first-person action videos, in the style of GoPro, being uploaded to YouTube.

Cam Weber, Studio Group General Manager for EA Sports Golf, announces EA Sports PGA Tour being developed using Frostbite 3. Play famous courses or explore extreme courses starting Spring 2015.

Madden NFL 15 includes improvements to the defensive strategy, including more defensive camera angles, more control to push opponents and re-designed tackling. Additional emotional reactions. Madden NFL 15 launches August 26, 2014.

Dawngate promises to build on the traditional Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) structure with a “flexible meta” to provide a truly unique gameplay experience in every game, highly influenced by player feedback.

DICE shares the work they are putting into Mirror’s Edge, including working with parkour artists, an open-world design which appeals to new and skilled players and realistic combat interaction.

David Rutter, Executive Producer for EA Sports FIFA. EA Sports FIFA 15 includes emotional responses for players, a new ball physics system, man-to-man battles and a more immersive arena experience. FIFA 15 will be released Fall 2014.

DICE & Visceral Games announce Battlefield: Hardline. Battlefield: Hardline offers a 32-player multiplayer match in heist for a cops versus robbers gameplay experience. The Battlefield: Hardline beta access is available now on PC and PS4. Go to Battlefield.com to register for access. Adam Boyes from Sony Computer Entertainment announces that PS4 gamers who own Battlefield 4 can download the beta directly from the Battlefield 4 tile.

Game Trailers – Batman: Arkham Knight

Category : Featured, Game On, Game Trailers, PS4, Xbox One

Today, Warner Bros. Games gave gamers their first look at the next game in the Batman franchise, Batman: Arkham Knight, in the cinematic trailer, titled “Father to Son” (below). The reading of Thomas Wayne’s will, including his hopes for and advice to his young son, serve as an emotional reminder of the Wayne family tragedy, which haunts the millionaire playboy by day and crime fighting hero by night.

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Games

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Games

Scarecrow is back and he’s assembled some of our favorite villains for the newest title. Among the familiar faces are Harley Quinn, Two-face and Penguin. It is immediately apparent developers are taking full advantage of the enhanced graphics capabilities of next-gen consoles, transporting gamers to Gotham’s seedier side. In Batman: Arkham Knight, gamers will finally have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of the redesigned Batmobile as they race through the streets of Gotham in a fight to make the city safe again.

Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to be released later this year on PS4 and Xbox One. Visit the website to experience the fun to be had with the new Batmobile and for updates about the game.

Good To Be A Gamer – Week of 02/17/2013

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This week, Jessa Phillips joins the men of The Post Game Report to discuss the layoffs at IGN and Sony’s next-gen console, the PlayStation 4!

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NEWS

PlayStation 2013 Meeting
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=4770

Expect Sony’s PS4 This Holiday Season: Sony Exec Jack Tretton [CNBC]
http://www.cnbc.com/id/100480852

 

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

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Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

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Good To Be A Gamer – Week of 2/10/2013

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Recorded 2/17/2013

 

This week, Dave in on vacation so I get an extra special guest host…

JVB from Talking About Games & The Entertainment Consumers Association!

Check out his podcast, the Post Game Report and friend/follow/like at the links below!

Talking About Games Website
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@JVB Twitter

Entertainment Consumers Association (ECA) Website
The ECA Facebook
@TheECA Twitter

 

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Promo: The D6 Generation

NEWS
The Last of Us Delayed [IGN]
http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/02/12/the-last-of-us-delayed

GameStop Plans to Close 250 Outlets: New Stores to Open; former GAME Shops Acquired [Computer and Video Games]
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/390873/gamestop-plans-to-close-250-outlets/

Nominees Announced for 2013 BAFTA Games Awards [BAFTA]
http://awards.bafta.org/award/2013/games

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST
Jesse Schell: Releasing a demo harms your game sales [PCGamesN]
http://www.pcgamesn.com/article/jesse-schell-releasing-demo-harms-your-game-sales

Epic on the Industry’s Giant Leap to Next-gen [Edge]
http://www.edge-online.com/news/epic-on-the-industrys-giant-leap-to-next-gen/

EA’s money man spills the beans on its Next-gen Plans [Gamasutra]
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/186504/EAs_money_man_spills_the_beans_on_its_nextgen_plans.php

ESRB Awareness may be Maxed Out [Games Industry]
http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2013-02-13-esrb-awareness-may-be-maxed-out

 

EVENTS
Total Confusion
February 21-24, 2013
Mansfield, MA
http://totalcon.com/

Intercon M
March 1-3, 2013
Chelmsford, MA
http://www.interactiveliterature.org/M/

PAX East
March 22-24 3-Day passes already sold out, individual days still available for Friday and Sunday only.
BCEC – Boston, MA
http://east.paxsite.com/

WonderCon Anaheim
3/29/13 – 3/31/13
Anaheim Convention Center – Anaheim, CA
http://www.comic-con.org/wca

 

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek. Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast, Episode 119 – Week of 03/18/2012

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Episode 119 – Week of 03/18/12 through 03/24/12

Recorded 03/25/2012

 

 
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NEWS
Prey 2 canceled (rumor)
http://zoknowsgaming.com/2012/03/25/prey-2-cancelled-bethesda-rumor/

Socom dev to be shut down? (rumor)
http://games.on.net/article/15210/Rumour_Sony_to_Close_SOCOM_Dev_Studio

EA Shuts Down Game Servers [EA]
http://www.ea.com/1/service-updates

Silicon Knights resurrect “most requested” IP
http://www.vg247.com/2012/03/25/silicon-knights-to-resurrect-most-requested-ip/

Epic Mikey 2 Promises to Build A Better Mouse [1UP]
http://www.1up.com/previews/epic-mickey-two-preview
Announcement Trailer -http://youtu.be/p6ymMqNzTZk
Nicole Wakelin “Total Fan Girl” Reviews Disney Epic Mikey -http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=507

GameStop Goes Big on Mobile with New Business Unit, BuyMyTronics Acquisition [Gamasutra]
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/167119/GameStop_goes_big_on_mobile_with_new_business_unit_BuyMyTronics_acquisition.php?

Playing Dead with Telltale Games & The Walking Dead Game Available for Pre-Order [Telltale Games]
http://www.telltalegames.com/walkingdead/page1

When ex-BioWare Devs Make Their Own Strategy RPG [Gamasutra]
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/165823/When_exBioWare_devs_make_their_own_strategy_RPG.php?

BioWare done with Dragon Age II [Destructoid]
http://www.destructoid.com/bioware-done-with-dragon-age-ii-224263.phtml

Darksiders II to be Wii U Lanch Title, Adds Enhanced Controls [Digital Spy]
http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/news/a372533/darksiders-ii-to-be-wii-u-launch-title-adds-enhanced-controls.html

Adventure Time Game in Works at WayForward [GameSpot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/adventure-time-game-in-works-at-wayforward-6367736

PSA: Hunger Games: Girl On Fire Out Today [Joystiq]
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/03/22/psa-hunger-games-girl-on-fire-out-today/

Video Games Live “Off The Grid” Tour – Coming To a Small Town Near You [Video Games Live]
http://www.videogameslive.com/index.php?story=288

ITEMS OF INTEREST
The Witness – Latest work in progress from Braid designer Jonathan Blow
http://the-witness.net/
Zynga’s CEO on Leadership, Startups & Mobile Gaming [GigaOM]
http://gigaom.com/2012/03/19/mark-pincus-interview-by-om-malik/
Get a Tattoo or Mohawk from Ubisoft at PAX East [Destructoid]
http://www.destructoid.com/get-a-tattoo-or-mohawk-from-ubisoft-at-pax-east-224455.phtml

Mass Effect 3 ending explained (by a fan) (SPOILERS!!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ythY_GkEBck

Bioware responds to ME3 outcry
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501465_162-57401660-501465/mass-effect-3-apology-bioware-co-founder-releases-statement/

 

EVENTS
PAX East
BCEC – Boston, MA
April 4-8, 2012
http://east.paxsite.com/

CONTACT
Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry athttp://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.
Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out hisMagnatune profile pageto learn more about him and discover more of his music.


Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

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Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 110 – Week of 01/08/2012

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Recorded 01/16/11

 

 

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Dreamcast the Movie: Casting Eternal Champions
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NEWS

Bethesda & Interplay settle on Fallout rights [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/fallout-mmo/1216149p1.html

League of Legends Developer & Player (US Congressman) Discuss their Opposition to SOPA/Protect IP Bill [1 UP]
http://www.1up.com/news/league-of-legends-dev-against-sopa
Related: NVIDIA, Runic, Epic and Others Speak Against SOPA –
http://www.1up.com/news/nvidia-runic-games-anti-sopa

CD Projekt RED ends the hunt for Pirates [GameSpy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/the-witcher-2/1216406p1.html

Minecraft Creator Encourages Piracy? [IGN]
http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ignfeeds/pc/~3/7SBtdt6es2M/1216416p1.html

EA Reorganizes after Landmark $1 Billion Digital Year [GamaSutra]
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/GamasutraNews/~3/-iCLSNfdYcM/EA_reorganizes_after_a_landmark_1B_digital_year.php

Is Xbox.com to Blame for Xbox Live Hacks? [Edge]
http://www.edge-online.com/news/report-xboxcom-security-flaw-behind-live-account-hacks

http://www.edge-online.com/news/microsoft-there-no-xboxcom-security-loophole

Mass Effect 3 Will Require Origin on PC [IGN]
http://feeds.ign.com/~r/ignfeeds/pc/~3/ryNhEt5PLRA/1216562p1.html

Square Enix make Scarygirl Graphic Novel playable for consoles [Kotaku]
http://kotaku.com/5876096/squares-scarygirl-is-anything-but-scary-all-sorts-of-fun
Scarygirl Website:
http://www.scarygirl.com

Asura’s Wrath Demo Available on Xbox Live [Major Nelson Blog]
http://majornelson.com/2012/01/10/demo-asuras-wrath/

Silent Hill HD Collection Delay Until March [Joystiq]
http://www.joystiq.com/2012/01/09/retailers-silent-hill-hd-collection-delayed-until-march/

Boxer Free DOS Game Emulator for Mac [Gawker]
http://feeds.gawker.com/~r/lifehacker/full/~3/9Yaj8ass8Qo/boxer-is-a-free-dos-game-emulator-for-your-mac

Kinect Release for Windows at a Higher Price [Kinect for Windows Blog]
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/kinectforwindows/archive/2012/01/09/kinect-for-windows-commercial-program-announced.aspx

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Doctor Who Worlds in Time
http://www.doctorwhowit.com/

 

EVENTS

TempleCon
Crowne Plaza – Warwick, RI
February 3 – 5, 2012
http://templecon.org

Total Confusion
Holiday Inn – Mansfield, MA
February 23 – 26, 2012
http://totalcon.com/

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Good To Be A Gamer, Episode 106 – Week of 11/28/2011

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Category : Good To Be A Gamer

David Lucier and Jessa Phillips feed your need to know, bringing you the top stories from the video game industry. This week they’re talking indie games, iOS games, Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii, Zynga going public, plus Skyrim goodness!

Recorded 12/4/2011

Good To Be A Gamer is Available on iTunes!
http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/good-to-be-a-gamer/id476489256

Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros.
Andrew Marnik has a feature posted on Good To Be A Geek, Dreamcast the Movie: Recasting Super Mario Bros. It’s a poll and we’re asking for your input. We’re taking the hollywood flop and asking you to re-imagine the film as if it were being produced today. Andrew’s provided several options for actors to play the key characters, as well as a few options for directors. Click the link below to make your voice heard.
http://www.goodtobeageek.com/?p=2218

 

NEWS

5 Indie Games to Watch For [Game Spy]
http://pc.gamespy.com/pc/legend-of-grimrock/1213355p1.html

Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombie App [Game Tyrant]
http://gametyrant.co/news/2011/12/1/call-of-duty-black-ops-zombies-app-released-on-ios.html

Judge Dredd vs. Zombies on iOS [IGN]
http://wireless.ign.com/articles/121/1213693p1.html

Xenoblade Chronicles coming to Wii in the US [IGN]
http://wii.ign.com/articles/121/1213814p1.html?_cmpid=ign1392

Zynga is going public . . . or is it? [Game Spot]
http://www.gamespot.com/news/6347035.html?part=rss&tag=gs_news&subj=6347035

Bethesda Softworks reveals what’s coming for Skyrim and Address the latest Patch Problems [Bethesda Blog]
http://www.bethblog.com/2011/12/01/skyrim-what-were-working-on/

 

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Skyrim Theme “The Dragonborn Comes” Cover by Malukah [YouTube]
http://youtu.be/4z9TdDCWN7g

Time’s Scar Cover from Chrono Cross by Lara [YouTube]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0b8FCxtkik

Able Gamers 2011 Holiday Shopping List
http://www.ablegamers.com/general-game-news/ablegamers-2011-holiday-shopping-list.html

 

EVENTS

TempleCon 2012 – February 3-5, 2011
Warwick, RI
Pre-registration is open!
h
ttp://www.templecon.org

Total Con 2012 – February 23-26,2011
Mansfield, MA
Registration opens in January
http://www.totalcon.com

 

CONTACT

Questions? Comments? We want to hear from you! Feel free to post a comment on the podcast entry at http://www.goodtobeageek.com, or email us at gamer@goodtobeageek.com. You can also email David at dlucier[at]goodtobeageek.com, email Jessa at jphillips[at]goodtobeageek.com.

Subscribe to the RSS Feed and get Good To Be A Gamer on the go at http://goodtobeagamer.libsyn.com/rss!

Special thanks to Sterling for the use of his music in the podcast. Be sure to check out his Magnatune profile page to learn more about him and discover more of his music.

Good To Be A Gamer is sponsored by Good To Be A Geek – let your geek run wild! Opinions expressed on Good To Be A Gamer are those of the hosts and/or guests and do not necessarily represent those of Good To Be A Geek.

Good To Be A Gamer Podcast by Good To Be A Geek is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

 

New Game in Town – Redbox Offers Video Game Rentals

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Category : Bytes, Game On, News, Nintendo, PS3, Xbox

You recognize the big red box outside your local grocery and drug stores or the McDonald’s in town. While you are running errands, you can arrange a quick, convenient night in for $1-$2, by stopping at a self-service dvd rental kiosk. Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, a subsidiary of Coinstar, Inc. has quickly become a powerhouse in the movie rental marketplace since their launch in 2002. Last year, Redbox celebrated 1 billion movie rentals with more than 27,000 redbox locations. Now, Redbox is looking to take a bite out of the video game retail space by offering game rentals at many of their locations.

Video game rentals have been available at a select 5,000 Redbox locations as part of a pilot program. Despite the limited availability, video games exceeded one million rentals in less than two years. As of June 17, 2011, Redbox began offering the game rental option to a wider audience, expanding the rentals to 21,000 more Redbox locations. Redbox kiosks offer a variety of game titles, including new releases and family kids titles, across all console platforms.

Courtesy of Redbox Automated Retail, LLC

 Whether you play on Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii or Sony Playstation 3, the newest game release can quickly be rented online, via mobile app or on-site at a convenient Redbox location. Game titles will be available to rent for $2 per night with no required return date. As long as you keep the game, Redbox will continue to charge the daily rental fee plus tax. If the game is retained for more than 25 days, renters will be charged a one-time $50 fee and will own the game – no return needed.

Redbox has a few advantages over the competition:

The foremost advantage is convenience. One could argue that GameFly, the video game rental delivery service, also offers convenience. This is true. However, the idea consumers can act on on a spontaneous decision to play a game definitely works to Redbox’s advantage. Add accessibility via internet and app access and it does not get any easier.

Product placement is key. In this regard, Redbox is exceedingly intelligent. Placing kiosks in everyday locations such as McDonald’s locations and grocery stores is a huge positive, keeping the brand directly in front of consumers and presenting a quick, easy experience.

The option to try before you buy is also a big plus for Redbox. With popular new titles costing $39.99 to $59.99 or more, the ability to play the game before opening your wallet could itself bolster the appeal of Redbox game rentals.

Cash is king. Most new releases for Microsoft Xbox 360 or Sony Playstation 3 are priced at $59.99. Even with the one-time $50 charge (plus taxes) to keep the video game after 25 days of rental, you could save money.

Physical product. There is still something to be said for having the disc in your possession. Think of it as your gaming security blanket, or insurance against hard drive failure or a massive data breach. Sometimes it just feels good to know you have a disc.

Visit Redbox.com to find a game or your local Redbox location. You can also rent your movie or game on the website and mobile phone users can download the Redbox app for iPhone or Android.

Read the April 28, 2011 announcement from Redbox.

Get Your Geek On: Nerdy Shirts of the Week

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Category : Geek Out

This week we get our game on with great video game inspired t-shirts.  Geek out your wardrobe and let the world know you are a gamer.

Control Freak

With more buttons on console controllers and additional accessories cluttering up the entertainment area, it would be nice to consolidate. Gamers need one controller to rule them all. Thanks to this inventive design from Minion ste7en at Jinx, now you can wear it. Available in Men’s sizes: Small – 3XL & Women’s sizes: Small – 2XL, Prices range from $17.99 – $20.99.

Courtesy of Jinx

These Don’t Make Me a Killer

There are those that would still like the world to believe video games are responsible for acts of violence. Gamers can stand proud and make a statement with this gaming inspired t-shirt. Available in Men’s sizes:  Small – 2XL & Women’s sizes: Small – Large. Priced at $19.97

Courtesy of Nerdy Shirts

Nutritious Breakfast

Start your day off right with a healthy dose of mushroom, reminiscent of the classic Super Mario Bros.  game. Now available in reprint from Threadless. Available in Men’s sizes: Small – XL & Women’s sizes: Small – 2XL. Priced at $10.

Courtesy of Threadless